Student FAQs

Who does the UWC serve?

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We welcome undergraduates, graduates, post-graduates, faculty and staff members, and the Boone community.  We work with students and professionals from all areas of study, and our consultants can help at any stage of the writing process.

Where is the UWC located?

We are in Suite 204 on the second floor of Belk Library and Information Commons.

When is the University Writing Center open?

Our regular semester hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-9pm and Friday 9am-12pm. During the summer, we're usually open Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-3pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm.

How often can I come to the University Writing Center?

You are welcome to work with a consultant once per day for up to 45 minutes.  You may visit the center every day that we are open, and you can come an unlimited number of times during the semester, but you may not have multiple appointments in the same day.

Is there a fee to use the UWC?

No.  The University Writing Center is a free resource.

What kinds of writing can someone bring to the UWC?

Consultants will work with any kind of writing--from assigned essays and research papers to personal writing (e.g., poetry and creative fiction) or business writing (e.g., resumes and graduate school applications).

What should I bring when I come to the UWC?

If possible, bring a copy of your class assignment as well as any writing, including notes, preliminary thoughts, an outline of ideas, a first draft, or a polished later draft. Please also bring any relevant textbooks and/or outside sources that may be useful to refer to during the session. While we have a few desktop computers and laptops, you might want to bring your personal laptop to use during the session. If you are working on a group assignment, all group members must be present.

Will my instructor know that I have visited the UWC?

Your instructor will only know if you have visited the UWC if you choose to inform him or her of your visit. At the end of every session, you may request a printed confirmation report that verifies your attendance. You may take this report with you to share with your instructor.

Do I have to make an appointment, or may I just drop in?

Making an appointment is recommended; the UWC takes appointments on the hour, but we are staffed to handle most walk-ins. Appointments are always given priority over walk-in sessions.

How long are sessions?

Forty-five minutes are allotted for each session, but sessions do not always take that long. Session lengths vary depending on a writer's individual needs. A consultant cannot guarantee that he or she can address an entire paper in 45 minutes, but a student may return to continue the session at a later date.

What if I miss my appointment?

If you have to miss an appointment, we'd appreciate you calling to cancel it; however, if you simply miss it, you may not have another session (either appointment or walk-in) that day. You may have a session any other day. An appointment is considered missed, or a no show, at 10 minutes after the hour, and you will be notified of all missed appointments via email. Three missed appointments in a semester will result in a suspension of UWC appointment priviliges for the remainder of that semester. You will still be allowed to have walk-in sessions.

Can I email my paper to the UWC or drop it off to be edited?

No. UWC consultants work with you, not just your paper. Our goal is to aid in the process of self-discovery, self-reflection, and self-improvement for writers through conversation and collaboration. You must be willing to work one-to-one and allow for time to discuss your writing with a consultant.  We do, however, offer online sessions for all ASU students.  Visit our Online Services section for more information. 

Who works in the UWC?

The UWC staff consists of graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty members, and nonfaculty professionals who are all trained to consult with you about writing and the writing process. Consultants are mostly from the English Department but may come from any department.

How can I get a job as a UWC consultant?

If you are an undergraduate, you must take ENG 3450 (Writing Center Theory and Practice), which is offered every spring semester; Amy Hansen (hansenae@appstate.edu) can answer more questions about this course if you have them. Upon successful completion of that course, you will have the chance to apply for a job in the center. Graduate students, faculty, and staff members who wish to work in the UWC should contact our director, Dr. Beth Carroll (carrollel@appstate.edu). If you are interested in working at our front desk, contact our program assistant, Tasha Mehne (mehnetm@appstate.edu). For more information on employment in the UWC, see our handout!

Does the University Writing Center offer ELL (English Language Learners) services?

Consultants are familiar with the specific needs of ELL students and will help you work through the issues that stem from language barriers. Consultants also have access to a number of grammar texts and handouts designed to facilitate ELL sessions.

How does the UWC help with course assignments and/or long-term projects and papers?

Most of the work we do in the UWC takes place during one-to-one sessions that are focused on the goals you share with us when you arrive. We can assist you with writing tasks ranging from completing course assignments to preparing for the Praxis exam or building a resume.


Can consultants help me use MS Word and other word processing software?

UWC consultants are not trained to handle software questions or teach you how to use common software. A consultant will usually be happy to assist you with basic questions if he/she feels comfortable doing so, but you should contact ASU's Information Technology Services for computer and software assistance.

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